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Last updated Sep. 08, 2014

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Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas)

District: 34th District
Political Highlights: candidate for Corpus Christi City Council, 1993; U.S. House of Representatives, 2013-present
Born: Feb. 13, 1963; Harlingen, Texas
Residence: Brownsville
Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Wife, Rose Vela
Education: Loyola U. New Orleans, attended 1981-82; Georgetown U., B.A. 1985; U. of Texas, J.D. 1987
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 2012 (2nd term)
Committee Assignments: Agriculture (Commodity Exchanges, Energy & Credit; Livestock & Foreign Agriculture); Homeland Security (Border & Maritime Security - Ranking Member; Counterterrorism & Intelligence)

Election History
2014generalFilemon Vela (D) 47,50359.5
Larry Smith (R) 30,81138.6
Ryan Rowley (LIBERT) 1,5632.0
2012generalFilemon Vela (D) 89,60661.9
Jessica Puente-Bradshaw (R) 52,44836.2
Steven Shanklin (LIBERT) 2,7241.9
Roll Call Vitals


on the House Seniority List

Fellow Texas Rep. Ralph M. Hall (R) is 10th.


Texas is 3rd on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.


Twitter Followers (@repfilemonvela)

Rep. Filemon Vela has no appearances on Sunday talk shows.

Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) has the most appearances so far this year.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.